Re-registration

Adding father's details

If the child was born in England or Wales and if the natural parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth, and the father did not attend with the mother to register the baby, it is possible to re-register the birth at any time in the future to include the natural father's details in the registration. The easiest way to re-register the birth is for both parents to attend the register office together. However it is possible for either parent to make a statutory declaration, before a solicitor or other person able legally to witness an oath, acknowledging parentage of the child. It is also possible for either parent to seek a court order naming the father. In any of these cases the birth will be re-registered and certified copies of the re-registered birth can be purchased from the Registrar.

The new record of the birth is made at the register office for the district where your child was born (usually the register office which issued the original birth certificate). To re-register the birth you should contact the register office to ask for the appropriate application form, which should be completed and signed by both natural parents. An appointment should then be made with the Registrar for you to attend the register office, bringing along with you the completed form, to enable the re-registration to proceed.

Following the parent's marriage

If the child was born in England or Wales and if the natural parents have married each other since the birth was registered, the birth should be re-registered to accurately record the current legal status of the child.

A form is available, from the register office, which must be signed by both natural parents. Either parent can then attend the register office, with the completed form and a copy of the marriage certificate. The birth will then be re-registered and certified copies of the re-registered birth can be purchased from the Registrar.

The new record of the birth is made at the register office for the district where your child was born (usually the register office which issued the original birth certificate). To re-register the birth you should contact the register office to ask for the appropriate application form, which should be completed and signed by both parents. An appointment should then be made with the Registrar for you to attend the register office, bringing along with you the completed form and your marriage certificate, to enable the re-registration to proceed.